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Speaking to PTI on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, Ankur, now a successful IT professional, however, decided against it as he simply "did not want all the efforts to complete the degree go to waste" and made a decision to live on.

There are also fundraisers, awareness campaigns and other events that raise awareness and funds to support people struggling with mental health issues.

"My goal now is to work with her to have the tools in place to be able to interrupt the cycle earlier as opposed to when you are sliding too deeply down the hole", Pincott said.

"Today we are here to support those people struggling with mental health issues, to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide, to offer hope and to offer healing", said Cindy Shyminsky, chair of NESPN, Sudbury.

"It's so important to reclaim time for mental health", McCray says in the video. "You can still function but it's never the same", she said.

"We have to continue to do that", she said, "and as we continue to do that, it will help us decrease the number of suicides in our community".

A tearful Mrs Messenger spoke of the police turning up at her doorstep and telling her she had to go to the hospital.

Mr Kofie said such people usually make extremely moving revelations about how they had reached a point they could not see any alternative to taking their own lives.

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Concerns cited by respondents included: "school discourages personal interactions"; "there are problems getting senior teachers to take notice"; "I would feel responsible under safeguarding and possibly left to carry the can"; "I don't have the time to spend with the student"; "I would want to help but don't consider myself qualified".

Sayer said she is already looking forward to holding the 5k again next year. "I think it really helps to destigmatize the topic when people are willing to share like that". How do you tell that their brother has died, let alone how he died. "We have more needs than providers".

"It gives people comfort to help grieve with others who are going through the same thing", she said. "We can all be a part of the conversation around mental health and suicide".

Nationally, suicide, as the 10th leading cause of death, has surpassed the number of deaths due to automobile accidents. This is an area that requires a great deal of attention from both the public health sector and mental health professionals working in the private sector. He was inspired to organize this event on Sunday because he believes that suicide prevention is not spoken about enough, and because the approach many of us use to respond to those having suicidal thoughts is flawed.

Corinda Taylor, of Life Matters, said she was uncomfortable about mental health services becoming election promises.

He added: "We need to overcome the patriarchy in our society and encourage guys to be themselves whatever that looks like".

Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354. A couple more years of feeling bad, depressed, sad whatever you want to call it.

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